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Lotus Leaf Rice- How to make it at home (absolutely delicious)

Whenever I have breakfast at a dim sum restaurant, the menu often includes an exceptional rice dish that catches my attention- Lotus Leaf Rice. This eye-catching dish comes either as a tiny rice pyramid wrapped in a lotus leaf for a single portion or a large dome served on the banquet table. The moment you …

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Chili chicken – How to prepare in four easy steps

Chili chicken is the real deal among all the Indo-Chinese dishes.  Growing up in a Chinese family and crazy about Indian food, I can vouch that it is neither the authentic taste of Indian nor any sub-genre of Chinese food. I was surprised by the taste after my first bite of this hybrid dish. It …

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Tang Yuan – How to make sweet dumplings served with ginger syrup

In the old days, every Chinese household will make Tang Yuan 汤圆 to celebrate winter solstice 冬至, which falls on 22nd or 23rd, just three days before Christmas. There is a saying that the winter solstice is more significant than the Spring festival (Chinese New Year). No wonder many Chinese will take a day off, …

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Chinese cabbage soup with meatballs

Chinese cabbage soup is a warming, comforting and soothing soup perfect for a weeknight regular. This humble soup has an incredible depth of flavor while cooking in any stock as the cabbage acts like a sponge, absorbing any flavor available. It is easy to prepare and nutritious. The Chinese cabbage recipe is also highly versatile …

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Szechuan chicken recipe – How to prepare the best spicy chicken

Today I want to introduce to you a well-known chicken recipe originating from the Szechuan province of China, called Szechuan chicken recipe, 辣子鸡. It is spicy and fiercely hot. This dish is one of the most popular Chinese dishes in restaurants, and I am not surprised that it is equally amazed by people worldwide. There …

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Sesame ball – How to make perfect Jian Dui at home

Sesame ball (Jian dui / 麻团 /煎堆 / 芝麻球) is a well-known fried Chinese pastry made from glutinous rice flour. This delectable dessert is coated with sesame seeds on the outside which are crisp and chewy. It encases a sweetened filling consisting of red bean paste, peanut paste, or lotus paste. Cheese and chocolate are …

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Chicken with black bean sauce – authentic recipe with a punch of umani

This article explains how to prepare chicken with black bean sauce, a quick and easy Cantonese-style home-cooked recipe. I am referring to the fermented black bean (also called douchi, 豆豉), a savory condiment in Cantonese cooking. Like cheese, miso, and kimchi, douchi has a strong, pungent flavor with a punch of umami. You can purchase …

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Chayote squash recipe- authentic stir-fry that rekindles the nostalgic feeling

I want to show you how to prepare a classic Cantonese home-cooked chayote squash recipe in this article. My mother used to cook it with dried shrimp and glass noodles, and nearly every Cantonese housewife knew how to cook this dish during that time.  My mum did it with the hairy gourd in that era, …

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How to use XO sauce – 3 quick and easy recipes with XO sauce

I want to share with you three quick and easy recipes with XO sauce. in this article. XO sauce has a unique and intense flavor suitable as a condiment and seasoning nearly for every dish. XO sauce is available from the Asian grocery or online. However, it is expensive, and therefore it is worth making …

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How to make XO sauce – a comprehensive guide

XO sauce is the most valuable Cantonese condiment, with various umami flavors concentrated from dried scallops, Jinhua ham, and dried shrimps.  XO sauce got its name from the XO (extra-old) cognac. It is believed the chef developed the recipe at the Peninsular Hotel, a famous hotel in Hong Kong. The name is a misnomer since …

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